Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review: Predators

Adrien Brody in Predators. Photograph: Rico Torres/AP

As much as I enjoy the first "Predator," the rest of the series has been sub-par. "Predator 2" with Riggs- I mean Danny "I'm too old for this shit" Glover was an odd entry pitting the Predator in downtown LA. I'm not sure I really need to address "Alien Vs. Predator" or the sequel to that unfortunate entry (though I did recently watch parts of both on FX- damn you FX!)

"Predators" is an entertaining movie going experience. If you ask me- "Is the movie good?" I would say "No." However, if you ask me, "Do people get shanked, blown up, or killed in a fashion close to Sub-Zero's original Mortal Kombat fatality?" I would say, "Hell yes!"

The plot is simple. A group of humans are dropped into a jungle that they soon realize is on another planet. It happens to be a game preserve for the Predators to hunt. Adrien Brody leads the way as the hardened ex-military officer who doesn't want to give out any information about himself other than the fact that he talks in a deeper voice than every other part he's ever had (a la Christian Bale while in his Batman costume.)

From there, they are hunted by the Predators. They gather pieces of info along the way to help themselves out, and they even run into a crazy Cowboy Curtis (Lawrence Fishburne)! All of this culminates a final action sequence with some twists that are not necessarily obvious, but they're not terribly "Sixth Sense"-ish either. The sequence helps qualify this movie as a true and worthy sequel to the original "Predator." They even mention the Governator's character Dutch and pay homage to one of the most famous lines from the original. It was a great touch without being excessively cheesy.

Is this a great movie? No. But is it worth your money for a summer action movie? I guess that depends on if you like action movies. I felt like I got my $9.25 worth (yeah, I used my old student ID for a discount- no shame in that!) I give it the thumbs up and recommend "Predators" to anyone looking for a pretty decent summer action flick.


GMoney said...

There is no way that that is really Brody's body. That guy is a scrawny bitch. I would never pay to watch this movie. Now "The Expendables" on the other hand...that looks quite badass.

Tony B. said...

I have to admit, it was odd for the first few minutes of the movie trying to take Adrien Brody seriously. However, he does an alright job. I don't think he's the next Dolph Lungren but he was solid in this movie.